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Momenta Files Bankruptcy

Momenta, Inc., formerly known as American Traditional Designs, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on October 23rd. The company will continue to operate while it goes through bankruptcy reorganization.

The company’s Board of Directors voted at a special meeting on October 22nd to authorize the filing. The New Hampshire-based company states in court filings that it has $2.8 million in assets, and $4.6 million in liabilities. In 2009, Momenta had $5.75 million in sales, down from $7.5 million in 2008. According to court filings, the company’s 20 largest unsecured creditors consist mostly of Asian suppliers and shipping companies. It also owes significant debts to its warehouse services provider. In the past year, Momenta has been party to four lawsuits regarding unpaid bills. The deadline for creditors to file claims with the court is Feb. 22nd, 2011.

Momenta is one of Northwood, New Hampshire’s largest employers, with 19 employees in their offices there. The company was founded in 1979, and originally focused on brass stencil products. In recent years the company focused on the scrapbooking market, changing their name from American Traditional Designs, the name they were known for marketing stencils under, to Momenta, and marketing products under the names ATD and Complements. The changes are credited by the company with leading to a 500% sales increase over a five-year period.

Court filings blame the company’s current financial problems on a combination of factors, including the loss of a large Walmart contract and increasing warehouse costs.

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Family Tag Feud: Day 10

We are back at it after a weekend break in the feud to do (what else) a weekend getaway at DisneyWorld! No one does the holidays like Disney, so it really helped us get in the holiday spirit…although we could have lived without Mother Nature’s added “special effect” of the North Pole-like temperatures.

One of today’s tags even includes a family picture taken last month on our first visit to see this year’s decorations at the Magic Kingdom! (Christmas starts in early November at the parks, just like at the mall.)

I hope that you are ready to start voting again…because we’re hoping we made it hard to choose today again!

Tag #1:

Supplies:

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Pine Needles
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
ColorBox Pigment Ink in Chianti
Stamp-A-Mania Pine Tree Stamp
Recollections Clear Stamp (Celebrate)
Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence
Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter in Crystal Fine & Smokey Quartz
Celebrate It Christmas Bells 1.3 inch (by Michaels)
Ranger Stickles in Frosted Lace
K & Company Brenda Walton Adhesive Chipboard Evergreen
Hobby Lobby Natural Jute

Tag #2:

Supplies:

Ranger Inkssentials #8 Manila Tag
Chartpak Inkjet Adhesive Matte 8.5×11
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans, Pine Needles, Fired Brick, and Black Soot
Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (Clear)
Studio AE for Technique Tuesday Clear Stamps (Good Cheer & December Daily)
Offray My Moments Satin Flowers
Hobby Lobby Natural Jute

So…can you decide between today’s tags?

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Family Tag Feud: Day 9

Day 8′s vote so far officially leaves the battle tied at 4 each…so every vote counts! The trash talk here has escalated to distraction tactics (honey, it’s your turn to read the bedtime story tonight…I’ll just be here tagging). Yes, it’s take-no-prisoners.

Please note that we will be taking Saturday and Sunday off from the feud, but we’ll be back to start posting the last few tags starting on Monday!

So, here’s the Day 9 tags…

Tag #1:

The use of the stamping and Rock Candy on the bird die cut was inspired by Tim Holtz’s Day #3 tag.

Supplies:

#8 White Tag
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot, Tea Dye, Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass, Frayed Burlap, and Fired Brick
Ranger Mini Mister
Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix Die (Caged Bird)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grunge Paper
Stampendous “Music Score” wood-mounted rubber stamp
Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue (Frosted Lace)
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber (Snow White)
K & Company Rub-Ons (Susan Winget Glad Tidings)
Hampton Art Wood Mounted Rubber Stamp (Twas The Night Background)
Making Memories Alphabet Stickers (Cheeky Shimmer)
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles (Rock Candy)

Tag #2:

Supplies:

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany, Tattered Rose, Faded Jeans, Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
Stampin’ Up! Winter White Embossing Powder
Stampin’ Stuff Jeweled Gold Embossing Powder
Prima Marketing Mulberry Paper Flowers
Brad (unknown)
Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones
Buttons (unknown)
Martha Stewart Crafts baker’s twine
Bells (unknown)
Recollections Clear Stamps (Christmas Collage)
Stampin Up! Stamp Set (Snowflake)
Northwoods Rubber Stamp (CC7746 Snowflake)
K & Company Brenda Walton Santa Grand Adhesions
K & Company Brenda Walton Evergreen Icon Adhesive Chip Board
Ranger Stickles in Diamond
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Worn Lipstick

So…it’s time to break the tie…

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Collage Press Stops Manufacturing Products

Providing a sneak look at  some CHA Winter 2011 buzz, Collage Press has announced that the company is stopping manufacturing and distributing its own products. Instead, the company’s owner will produce designs through the renamed Collage Press Studio that will be licensed for production by others.

The decision was attributed on the company’s blog to the owner’s desire to spend more time with her two (soon to be three) young children.

The first Collage Press Studio collection, called Hometown Summer, will be produced by Pink Paislee and will debut at CHA Winter 2o11. This won’t be Pink Paislee’s first venture into licensed collections – the company debuted a very successful licensed collection from House of 3 at CHA Summer 2010.

To clear out their inventory, Collage Press has been offering their products to wholesale customers at a 30% discount via their website.

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Family Tag Feud: Day 8

Welcome to Day 8 of the Family Tag Feud! (Yes, we’re still a day behind…I guess we’re stretching out the fun to make it last a bit longer!)

If you have any questions about how the tags are made, we will probably wait to answer most of them in the reveal at the end so that we can answer without trying to hide the identity of the artist. But in the meantime…ask away!

Today we both tried to do some somewhat new things for us, and some trial – and error – was the result before we finally produced the tags we are posting. It’s amazing how long – and how many steps – it can take to produce something that looks to the eye to be very simple.

Well, let’s take a look at what we came up with today…the tag stash is getting pretty thick. I hope the binder ring I’m planning to use will hold them all when I’m ready to arrange them all nicely!

Tag #1:

Supplies:

City Nights paper pack by Anne Langpap (Two Peas)
Digital Date Stamps Brushes & Stamps No. 20 by Katie Pertiet (Designer Digitals)
Free Holiday Party Kit by Brandy Buffington (Two Peas)
Font: Hawaii Killer
Jingle Bells: Orignal Image By Artist
Public Domain elements from Open Clip Art Library:

Tag #2:

Supplies:

BasicGrey Perhaps (Snow Queen)
Alterations by Tim Holtz for Sizzix Tag & Bookplates Die
Stampendous Wood Mounted Rubber Stamp (Music Score)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tattered Rose, Fired Brick and Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
Inkadinkado Reindeer Wood Stamp
Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (Clear)
Recollections Rhinestone Stickers
Stampin’ Up! Winter White Embossing Powder
Stampin’ Up! Stamp Set (Snowflakes)
Bazzill Cardstock (Kraft)
Inkadinkado Clear Stamp Set (Season of Swirls)

So…we hope we made the choice hard for you…

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Pantone Announces Color of 2011

Pantone has announced its 2011 Color of the Year. The color is Pantone 18-2120, known more familiarly as “Honeysuckle”.

Described by the company as a “reddish pink” the tone definitely plays into the ongoing vintage theme in the scrapbook industry. Because it also coordinates well with the 2010 color of the year, turquoise (which was seen widely in scrapbook products the past year) we’ve actually already been seeing some of this tone in product lines that are already on store shelves. Continue Reading →

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Family Tag Feud: Day 7

It’s time for the day 7 tags of the Family Tag Feud!

It’s surprising how challenging we are finding it trying to create this volume of tags from the limited amount of Christmas seasonal items in my stash and that we got out shopping when we were preparing for this. I typically don’t buy a ton of seasonal stuff so we are trying to get creative with a lot of non-seasonal items. We actually had to make an emergency Michael’s run today for more supplies for future tags!

For today’s tags we did actually find some things in the stash, though, that we hadn’t used yet. We both (coincidentally) decided to use Tim Holtz’s beautiful Odds & Ends ticket stamp set for the first time, for one.

[FYI, if you are following along with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags, all of his products are on sale right now at Scrapbook.com for 15% off. You know what I call that? Job security for my UPS man! Haha.]

So…what did we come up with on day 7? Let’s take a look!

Tag #1:

Supplies:

Basic Grey patterned paper (Jovial – Snowball Fight)
My Mind’s Eye patterned paper (Holly Jolly – Holly Berries)
Making Memories Fa La La Hollyberries
Alterations by Tim Holtz for Sizzix Tag & Bookplates Die
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Pine Needles and Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Antique Linen and Rusty Hinge
Ranger Stickles in Silver and Xmas Red
Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous stamps (Odds and Ends)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Timepieces
Tim Holtz idea-ology Game Spinners
Mark Enterprises Ultra Detail Embossing Powder (Clear)
Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Winter White)
Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set (Holiday Sayings)
Stamp a Mania wood-mounted rubber stamp (Christmas Tree)
Hobby Lobby Natural Jute

Tag #2:

Supplies:

Alterations by Tim Holtz for Sizzix Tag & Bookplates Die
Recollections by Michaels Colored Core Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix Texture Fade (Collage & Notebook)
Cricut Cartridge (A Child’s Year)
Bazzill Cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dusty Concord, Old Paper, Tea Dye and Aged Mahogany
Ranger Stickles in Silver
Distress Stickles in Antique Linen
Making Memories Classically Defined Stickers (St. Nick)
Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix (Ticket Strip)
Tim Holtz for Stamper’s Anonymous stamps (Odds and Ends)
DMC Embroidery Floss
American Crafts Elements Glitter Buttons (Metallic)
Tim Holtz for Tonic Studios Paper Distresser
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tags
Jump Rings
Hobby Lobby Natural Jute

So…it’s that time again…

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Paperclipping Roundtable #47: Scrapbook the Commute and Lunch

What are some great scrapbooking ideas for making layouts about work? Last week’s episode of the Paperclipping Roundtable is packed full of them. Enjoy!

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